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CRN® Honors Wasabi Technologies CEO David Friend As 2022 Top 100 Executives List In the Innovators Category

August 2, 2022

BOSTON - Aug 2, 2022 – Wasabi Technologies, the hot cloud storage company, announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has recognized CEO David Friendon its 2022 Top 100 Executives list in the Innovators category. CRN acknowledges forward-thinking and innovative technology leaders like David Friend on this annual list, who have proven their commitment and dedication to the channel through solution-provider-focused strategies and a willingness to take bold steps despite market unpredictability.

CRN’s Top 100 Executives list shines a light on the executives who are shaking up the status quo, supporting channel partners, and placing big bets on where the market is headed next. CRN commends these visionaries across four sub-categories: the 25 Most Influential Executives, Top 25 Channel Sales Leaders, Top 25 Innovators and Top 25 Disruptors. Each sub-category has its own set of strengths that positively impact the IT channel.

Friend co-founded Wasabi in 2015 to disrupt cloud data storage with more affordable, predictable pricing and performance. A successful entrepreneur, he also co-founded one of the world’s leading backup companies Carbonite, as well as four other companies including Pilot Software, Faxnet and Sonexis. His forward-looking approach to strategic partnerships has helped the IT channel play a critical role in Wasabi’s international growth and business strategy. The company now boasts 12,000 partners and 13 storage regions across North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific.

“By focusing on just one thing - cloud storage - we’re able to deliver a best-in-class solution that is more affordable and higher performing than the competition so that we can power our partners’ success,” said Friend. “As the world’s data moves to the cloud, our mission is to help our partners capitalize on this once-in-a-lifetime market opportunity. Being recognized as a CRN top 100 executive is a testament to that,” said Friend.

“Winning leaders embrace innovation while going all-in with partners in their commitment to accelerating business growth and digital transformation for their customers,” said Blaine Raddon, CEO of The Channel Company. “Their exceptional vision, know-how and execution contributed significantly to the strength of their companies, partners, customers, and the IT channel as a whole. Congratulations to all included on the CRN 2022 Top 100 Executives list for successfully bringing channel-focused innovation to the market, enabling new growth opportunities, and producing one channel success story after another.”

The Top 100 Executives list will be featured in the August 2022 issue of CRN Magazine and online at

About Wasabi Technologies

Wasabi provides simple, predictable and affordable hot cloud storage for businesses all over the world. It enables organizations to store and instantly access an unlimited amount of data at 1/5th the price of the competition with no complex tiers or unpredictable egress fees. Trusted by tens of thousands of customers worldwide, Wasabi has been recognized as one of technology’s fastest-growing and most visionary companies. Created by Carbonite co-founders and cloud storage pioneers David Friend and Jeff Flowers, Wasabi has secured nearly $275 million in funding to date and is a privately held company based in Boston. Wasabi is a Proud Partner of the Boston Red Sox, and the Official Cloud Storage Partner of Liverpool Football Club and the Boston Bruins.

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About The Channel Company

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